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leonardmartinLeonard Maltin is one of the country’s most recognized and respected film critics and historians. He was on Entertainment Tonight for 3O years, but long before he became a familiar face on television, his annual paperback Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide established his reputation; he was 18 when the first edition was published. A perennial best-seller, ‘The Guide’ , now also an app for iPhones and iPads, has become an indispensable tool for film fans, and the venerable New York Times called it “invaluable.” He also edited two companion volumes, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia and Leonard Maltin’s Family Film Guide. His other books include The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio’s Golden Age, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, The Art of the Cinematographer, Selected Short Subjects, and (as coauthor) The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang. Mr. Maltin teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and hosts the weekly program Maltin on Movies on ReelzChannel. For three years he co-hosted the weekly movie review program Hot Ticket, and for six years was the film critic for Playboy magazine. 

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His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, Premiere, Satellite Direct, Smithsonian, TV Guide, Esquire, The Village Voice, and American Film. He is also a contributor to Oxford University Press’ American National Biography. He frequently lectures on film, and was a member of the faculty of New York City’s New School for Social Research for nine years. He has served as Guest Curator at the Museum of Modern Art film department in New York; in 1976 he programmed an eight-month salute to American Film Comedy to salute our country’s Bicentennial. He served as President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association in 1995 and 1996, and in 1997 was named to the National Film Preservation Board, to help select 25 films annually to join the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. In 2006 he was named by the Librarian of Congress to join the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He has received awards and citations from the American Society of Cinematographers, Anthology Film Archives, The Society of Cinephiles, and the Telluride Film Festival.
Mr. Maltin has written a number of television specials, including “Fantasia: The Creation of a Disney Classic”, and has hosted, produced and written such video documentaries and compilations as “The Making of The Quiet Man”, “The Making of High Noon”, “Cartoons for Big Kids”, “The Lost Stooges”, “Young Duke: The Making of a Movie Star”, “Cliffhangers: Adventures from the Thrill Factory” and “Cartoon Madness: The Fantastic Max Fleischer Cartoons”.

—he is also active in the field of DVDs, hosting and co-producing the popular Walt Disney Treasures series and appearing on Warner Home Video’s “Night at the Movies” features. Perhaps the greatest indication of his fame was his appearance in a now-classic episode of the animated series “South Park.” (Or was it Carmela consulting his Movie Guide on an episode of The Sopranos?)

However, he may be best known as the resident film buff on the popular syndicated program Entertainment Tonight, where he has worked since 1982. Its enduring popularity makes him the most-watched film critic in America. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Alice and daughter Jessie.  

Patrick-Williams-Master-Class Patrick Williams has composed the music for over 65 feature films,  100 television films, 25 television series, as well as 18 albums and 30  concert works, Patrick Williams has established himself as one of the  most accomplished and prolific composers in the music industry  today. He has received four Emmy awards with twenty-two  nominations and two Grammy awards with nineteen nominations. He has also been nominated for both an Academy Award and the Pulitzer Prize in music. He is a recipient of the Richard Kirk Award from BMI and the Golden Score Award from the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers.
He was chosen by Frank Sinatra to act as Musical Director/ Arranger- Conductor for his final studio recordings, Duets and Duets II. He has arranged recordings for Paul Anka, Peter Cincotti, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Michael Feinstein, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Thomas Hampson, Barry Hay, Monica Mancini, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, John Pizzarelli, Brian Setzer, Barbara Streisand, Traincha, and Russell Watson.

 

van Alexander Van Alexander is an American bandleader, arranger, and  composer. Alexander led bands and arranged from high school, and  studied composition in college. He landed a job selling  arrangements to Chick Webb in the middle of the 1930s. One of  these, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”, became a hit for Webb and Ella  Fitzgerald, and subsequently became one of her signature tunes. Alexander later arranged other nursery rhymes for jazz performance, such as “Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?” and “Got a Pebble in My Shoe”.
In the late 1930s he formed his own band and played theaters into the 1940s. Later in the 1940s, he was hired by Bob Crosby to work in Hollywood, and worked extensively as a composer, arranger, and conductor for film scores. Alexander wrote a textbook on film arrangement in 1950 called First Arrangement, and Johnny Mandel studied under him. He arranged and conducted for variety shows starring Mickey Rooney, Gordon MacRae, Dean Martin, and James Stewart. Additionally, he was involved in recording sessions with Kay Starr, Dakota Staton, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Doris Day, and Peggy Lee.

 

richardsherman Richard Sherman is an American songwriter and music director who  specialized in musical film with his brother Robert Bernard Sherman.  Some of the Sherman Brothers’ best-known writing includes the songs  from Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Jungle Book,  Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose,  and the Disney theme park song “It’s a Small World (After All)”.

 

 

rcarmichael Ralph Carmichael is an enduring presence. As an arranger and  conductor, he’s shaped the music of many of the biggest names of  modern pop music. As a writer, producer and record executive, he  was one of the driving forces in the creation of contemporary  Christian music.
 Ralph spent five years as minister of music at a Los Angeles Baptist  Church where he wrote the classic hymn, “The Savior Is Waiting”. Ralph had also begun writing film scores for World Wide Pictures, the company that produced full-length feature movies for the Billy Graham organization. Ralph composed scores to many successful films, including “Mr Texas”, “Oil Town”, “His Land”, “For Pete’s Sake” and “The Restless Ones”.

 

billholman Bill Holman is an American composer/arranger, conductor,  saxophonist, and songwriter working primarily in the jazz idiom.  Although he has performed and recorded as a tenor saxophonist,  Holman is best known as an arranger. Through his acquaintance with  Gene Roland, Holman was auditioned by Stan Kenton and hired as a  tenor sax player around 1951. Kenton was apparently attracted to  Holman’s ability to integrate counterpoint and dissonance in subtle  yet distinctive ways, and for his knack for making the usually  unswinging Kenton band “swing” in its own particular fashion. Holman became Kenton’s chief arranger, and wrote much of Kenton’s 1950s repertoire; including one of Kenton’s finest albums, Contemporary Concepts. He continued to write for Kenton, on and off, throughout the 1960s and 70s. In addition to his work for Kenton, Holman has provided charts for Woody Herman, Doc Severinsen, Buddy Rich, Terry Gibbs, Count Basie, Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band and others. He formed his own California-based band in 1975 and continues to perform with it in the U.S. and worldwide. His 1997 recording Brilliant Corners/The Music of Thelonious Monk won a Grammy award. in 1969, Ella Fitzgerald recorded “Give Me the Simple Life” with Holman’s arrangement on her live album Sunshine of Your Love. Bill Holman is also credited with brass arrangements on The Fifth Dimension’s 1969 album, The Age of Aquarius.

 

sammynestico Sammy Nestico has been a professional music arranger since  1941, when he became a staff arranger for ABC radio station WCAE  in Pittsburgh at age 17. During his career, he arranged music for the  Count Basie Orchestra (1967–1984), the US Air Force Band (15  yrs) and the US Marine Band (5 years) both in Washington, DC. In  addition, he played the trombone in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, and Charlie Barnet. During his long career in the television and film industry, he has arranged and conducted projects for artists such as Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Toni Tennille, Frank Sinatra, Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, and Count Basie, among others. As orchestrator, he has worked on nearly seventy television programs, including Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Charlie’s Angels, and The Mod Squad. He has also written commercial jingles for Anheuser-Busch, Zenith, Ford Motor Company, Mattel Toys, Pittsburgh Paints, the National Guard, Dodge, Remington Bank, Americard and more. Nestico has published nearly 600 numbers for school groups and many for professional big bands. He has conducted and recorded his arrangements with several leading European Radio Jazz Orchestras including the BBC Big Band in London, Germany’s SWR Big Band and NDR Big Band and the DR Big Band.

 

Tim_SimonecFor years, Tim Simonec composer-conductor has been one of the busiest orchestrators in Hollywood. He has orchestrated and conducted over 80 feature films and 25 television series. He has also composed the music for the feature films A Rumor of Angels and additional music for Suicide Kings and Anne Frank: The Whole Story, which won an Emmy for best mini-series. He recently composed big band competition music for the film, Whiplash, one of the most critically acclaimed independent films of 2014.
He began working as orchestrator/conductor for Graeme Revell in 1991. Some of their films together are Pineapple Express, Daredevil, The Negotiator, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. In 1996, he began working with composer Chris Tyng. Their projects together included Kazaam, The Associate, and the TV series Futurama. Since 1997, Tim has been working with Michael Giacchino as his conductor and orchestrator/arranger. Over the years their projects have included video games such as Medal of Honor, Call of Duty; TV series, Alias, LOST, Fringe; and films, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Family Stone, Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek, UP , Super 8, Cars 2, MI4:Ghost Protocol, Star Trek: Into Darkness and most recently Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
For his arrangement of the end-titles of UP, Tim was nominated for a Grammy.

 

TierneyThe New York Times has called Tierney Sutton “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.” A 6-time Grammy Nominee as both a recording artist and arranger, Sutton is often described as “a singer’s singer,” but just as often, she is described as a “musician’s singer” who uses her voice like an instrument. Most recently, Tierney received her 5th consecutive Grammy Nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for her latest project, “After Blue,” an intimate, jazz-inspired re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell. The album, which is Sutton’s first solo outing without her longtime Band, features Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Serge Merlaud, Kevin Axt and The Turtle Island Quartet.

 

sueraneypromoAfter a move to Los Angeles in 1955, Sue Raney became a regular on the Jack Carson radio show when she was sixteen. At seventeen, she was signed to Capitol Records and did her first album with Nelson Riddle called When Your Lover is Gone. She also recorded with Billy May, and Ralph Carmichael on Capitol, and with Billy Byers on Imperial and Philips.In the 1970s, she appeared on numerous TV variety shows. The Dean Martin Show, The Danny Kaye Show, The Red Skelton show, countless appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Joey Bishop Late Show, and The Mike Douglas Show. She also appeared with Henry Mancini on a PBS Special that included such stars as Julie Andrews, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis and Steve Allen…among others. She did appearances with Bob Hope, Don Rickles and Bob Newhart, with the latter two in the Las Vegas main showrooms. She toured and sang with the Four Freshmen in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s.She was part owner of a jingle company in the late ’70’s, writing and singing on many station ID’s and commercials. Then, in the early ’80’s, she was signed to Discovery Records and began recording again. She was also the lead singer with Supersax and the L.A. Voices vocal group.

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